Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending August 30, 2020. 

Were you tested for COVID-19 during Pregnancy or at birth?

If yes, complete Pregistry’s survey and help other women who are pregnant or contemplating becoming pregnant.

A collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Click here to Register.

Stranded babies

Travel restrictions have stranded babies born to surrogate mothers, often in Ukraine, as well as the biological parents who were hoping to pick them up. Hundreds of babies have been born since the pandemic started who were not able to get to their intended homes on schedule; they were cared for by a thrown-together hodgepodge of nurses, paid nannies, and volunteers. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s just crazy.

Zooniverse Embryo Cam

If you need activities while stuck at home, Zooniverse can help you get involved in citizen science. One of the many projects they’re doing now is examining how climate change is impacting the embryos of aquatic animals. Just watch the videos and take notes on what you see. Read more here.

This is important for you because you can kill time and help save the world.

Watch sperm swim

In the 2D images visible under a light microscope, human sperm cells appear to swim like eels. But new 3D footage shows that they actually move more like corkscrews, with their heads rotating in one direction and their tails spinning in the other. Read more here.

This is important for you because… not sure. But it’s cool, no?

Are we cooperative breeders?

Milk banks and other milk-sharing groups may seem super new-age-y, but they are hardly new; mothers have long helped each other out by nursing each others’ babies. (It is not yet known whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through breast milk.) Read more here.

This is important for you because there are many ways to feed your baby breastmilk, even if you can’t (or don’t want to) provide it yourself).

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was When Can Babies Leave the NICU? It’s Complicated. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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